Designing a Fall River Tunic-

Sat, Oct 8 2016 11:24

Once you have a favorite pattern, making multiples can open new design directions. I am exploring  design directions with my new River Tunic Pattern. It is a great basic silhouette (also available as a download) has lots of potential for fall and winter garments. Here are design notes for a woven and knit version.
Expressing your Fall Colors- 

3 is a magic number in combining fabrics in a garment. In varying amounts, 3 contrasting fabrics gives enough variety for creating trims and details.  My combination of linen combined with a canvas stripe and some  canvas drop cloth (printed with my Pottery Shard Stencil) has a homespun, New Mexico feel.
It's all in the Details- Here are the design ideas included in this Taos inspired Tunic. 1. After cutting a sleeveless version, 5 1/2" were cut off across the top edge.
Overlapped armhole edge-
2. 4 1/2" wide x 10" shoulder straps, bound edges on square neck opening and overlapped armhole edges finish the top of the tunic. 3. The straps can be applied straight or at a slight angle for a more sloped shoulder.
 A playful oversized pocket closed with a large, painted zipper: I loved the challenge of making this zippered pocket idea a reality! It's a reminder of how important it is to lead with imagination (instead of relying on what we know)...because that experience of 'bringing our skills'  to a new idea is pivotal for growth.
Finished oversized drop-pocket detail-

         Collage fabric bands are the perfect weight and finish the hem edge of this River Tunic.
Pleated over and stitched asymmetric neckline-
Making a Knit Version- The River Tunic is beautiful in this knit print (from Love, Love the feel!
1. Cut 4-6" wider than needed, left width to pleat over the and hand stitch with embroidery floss as in the sketch. Extra width in the yardage lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length. More fabric can be added to lengthen just the sleeves too.
Folded Sleeve detail and trimmed side

2. The sleeve ends are pleated over and stitched. Finished with a fusible knit interfacing on the inside first, the edge is cut then folded over for hand stitching. The raw edge is used as the finish for this garment.

3. Once the garment length is chosen, the width of the lower part of the tunic can be adjusted by trimming fabric off the sides as shown in photo and sketch above. This removes some of the weight and length the sides will drop.

                ....More River Tunics are in my designing future for sure!
                                                                                                   Enjoy Your Fall Sewing, Diane

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